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Schieferfalken am Roten Meer in Süd-Ägypten

SchieferfalkeEin Stoß aus dem blauen Abendhimmel. Braune Federn in der Luft. Der Zusammenstoß dauert nicht lange. Dann ist das Spektakel auch schon vorbei und der Falke in den niedrigen Mangroven verschwunden. Wieder hat ein ziehender Singvogel sein Leben ausgehaucht. Ein Schieferfalke (Falco concolor) hat wieder mal unweit seines Brutplatzes zugeschlagen.

Ein Ausflug zum Wadi el-Gemal Delta beginnt an einem „Parkplatz“. Bäume, Palmen, dichte Vegetation und sogar eine Info-Tafel. Hier hat man sich mal Mühe gegeben. Aber dann ist wohl das Geld ausgegangen. Schade, denn die Gegend hätte  mehr Aufmerksamkeit verdient. Aus einem Palmenhain scheuchen wir 5 Nachtreiher (Nycticorax nycticorax) auf. Wunderschön ist dann unser erster Schieferfalke herüber fliegend zu sehen. Es ist sehr windig und dabei trotzdem heiß. Am Strand, der erstaunlich steinig ist, treiben sich etliche Reiher herum. Es scheinen vor allem Continue reading Schieferfalken am Roten Meer in Süd-Ägypten

Abenteuer: eine Autofahrt zum Keoladeo-Nationalpark

Indian RollerEs ist November. Diesmal steht eine Reise nach Arunachal Pradesh an. Durch Verzögerungen beim Inlandsflug sind noch 3 Tage übrig. Jetzt kann man natürlich die Zeit in Neu Delhi , der Hauptstadt Indiens, verbringen. Angeblich leben auf dem Gebiet Neu-Delhis nur knapp 250. 000 Menschen, doch sind es doch zumindest im Großraum Delhi mehrere Millionen. Natur muß da zurückstehen. Trotzdem gibt es praktisch innerhalb der Stadtgrenzen einige interessante Gebiete, wie z.B. Sultanpur, und in der Nähe befindet sich auch noch Keoladeo, ein Nationalpark im indischen Bundesstaat Rajasthan, der bereits Gegenstand eines Blogs war. Er wird auch Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary genannt. Der Nationalpark liegt nicht allzu weit südlich der Stadt Neu Delhi. Da ich schon einiges über dieses Vogelparadies gelesen hatte, entschied ich mich für das Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary.

Von Deutschland führte die Reise zuerst nach Amman, dann nach einem Zwischenstop nach Neu Delhi. Eigentlich hatte ich mit dem Hotelbesitzer des Birder´s Inn, direkt am Parkeingang gelegen, über das Internet ausgemacht, daß ich gegen einen Aufpreis vom Flughafen abgeholt werde. Als ich gegen 8:00 mit der Passkontrolle und dem Gepäck durch bin und das Geld in indischer Währung abgehoben habe, muß ich mich aber doch auf die Suche nach einem Taxi nach Bharatpur machen. Der Abholdienst mit seinem Jimney ist nämlich nicht da. Ein Taxi-Vermittler spricht mich an. Ich handle ihn auf 3.500 IR – also knapp 42,- € – für die reine Fahrt in Continue reading Abenteuer: eine Autofahrt zum Keoladeo-Nationalpark

Adventure: driving to the Keoladeo National Park

Sarus Crane, pair on field

It is November. A trip to Arunachal Pradesh in north-eastern India is scheduled. Due to delays in domestic flights I find out, that there are still three days left . Now you can spend the time in New Delhi, the capital of India, of course. According to some strange statistics the human population of New Delhi barely exceeds 250,000 people, but there are still at least several million in the Delhi area. Nature must stand back there. Nevertheless, there are practically some interesting areas within the city limits, such as Sultanpur, and in the vicinity is also Keoladeo, a national park in the Indian state of Rajasthan, which has been object of a blog on www.bird-lens.com already.. It is also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The national park is not too far south of the city of New Delhi. Since I had already read about this bird paradise, I opted for the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary.

From Germany, the first part of the trip went to Amman, then after a stopover to New Delhi. Actually I had arranged with the hotel directly located at the park entrance – the Birder’s Inn – that I get a lift from the airport at additional costs. The Birder’s Inn is quite recommended on the Internet for a stay in the area. When I accomplished the passport control, baggage claim and the retriev of money in Indian currency at an ATM, I must go and look for a taxi to Bharatpur. The pick-up service is in fact not there. A taxi agent speaks to me. I start in a bargain and get him down to 3,500 IR – this is roughly 42,- Euro – for the one-way driving southward. Then I think to use the morning hours for some more birding nearer to the airport. That is still on the way and a good location might be Sultanpur. Ok, that for additional costs. So in total now again Continue reading Adventure: driving to the Keoladeo National Park

Keoladeo National Park, a paradise also for Western Palearctic birds

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)Is it possible to combine business and birding in India? The country is large, the distance too and most business is performed in a metropolitan area – New Delhi. Although supposedly in the area of New Delhi only 250,000 people live after the Indian census of 2011, but there are at least several million in the greater Delhi area . Nature must stand back there. Nearby , however, is Keoladeo . According to wikipedia is a national park in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Keoladeo is also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. The National Park is located about 50 km west of Agra near the town of Bharatpur and not too far south of the city of New Delhi, the capital of India. As a business trip to New Delhi allowed for a few days off for birding, I opted for the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary.

From Germany first the trip went to New Delhi. I stayed in the city, had four grueling days in business meetings with constantly running air conditioning in darkened rooms and then went on a weekend to my well-deserved relaxation destination, the Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur. But before the bird’s enjoyment there are more exhausting times to cope with. Although there are only about 200 km to the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. But they are strenuous. At least 3 hours – rather 4 hours – you are traveling on dusty, crowded highways in almost constant traffic jam. But then you’re on your final destination: in Keoladeo, India´s paradise for water birds. It is for India which for Botswana is the Okavango and the Everglades mean for America. The local population knows Keoladeo as “Ghana” . In their language the word means “forest” or “jungle”. Keoladeo was originally the private duck hunting ground of the Maharajas of Bharatpur. In the swamps many water birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia are wintering. Supposedly over Continue reading Keoladeo National Park, a paradise also for Western Palearctic birds

Cattle Egret taking a shower under a lawn sprinkler

This species of heron is renown to spend a lot of time close to livestock like grazing cattle and grab insects and worms that their hooves disturb. But on these pictures you can see, that the Cattle Egret feels attracted to other human environment as well. Weather the egret seeks the spray of the lawn sprinkler in search of insects and worms or weather it just like a cool shower running along its feathers is not clear.  But anyway, a great impression which couldn´t be missed. Without haste the bird marched under the spray of the water from one side of the green rondell to the other.  The images were shot in March 2012 in the park called Green Mubazzarah near Al Ain/ UAE at the foot of the Hajar Mountains. Green Mubazzarah is a picnic area with streams, grass and chalets at the northern base of Jebel Hafeet before the road starts to climb upwards towards the summit of Jebel Hafeet. Lawn sprinklers are abundant and in full action in the mornings to preserve the green in a extremely desert environment. The green in the desert does not only attract Cattle Egret and other birds present year-round in that area like Chukar, Grey Francolin, Laughing Dove und Eurasian Collared-Dove but also many migrating birds like e.g. Blue Rock-Thrush, Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush, Eurasian Hoopoe, Pied, Northern, Isabelline and Desert Wheatear, Wagtails and Water Pipits.
The birding strategy is to go early in the morning. The official opening times is: 9am to 9pm, but cleaning service start right after dawn so you might be able Continue reading Cattle Egret taking a shower under a lawn sprinkler